This week much ink was spilled discussing the word fascist. What is fascism, anyway? Is it fair to call Donald Trump a fascist? Does the word actually mean something or is it just an insult? If it does mean something, does it apply uniquely to Trump, or is there a larger fascist or proto-fascist problem in America?
When I started researching this, I worried that it might be a little too theoretical to blog about. But everybody I mentioned fascism to this week got intense. It’s like we ate something we can’t digest. We’re thinking about it, but we don’t know what to think.
Well, I’ve been thinking about it too. The result is a long article (which has a convenient stopping point in the middle, if you don’t feel like going all the way down the rabbit hole) I call “The Political F-Word”. It’s pretty much done, but this is the kind of article where a small misstatement can lead to a long comment thread that completely misses the point, so the final edit may take longer than usual. It should post sometime between 8 and 9 EST.
The weekly summary will pull together two recent examples of what appears to be right-wing terrorism: the Planned Parenthood attack in Colorado and the attack on Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Minnesota. Also, the murder of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago policeman, and what the 13-month cover-up says about a larger corruption issue that Mayor Emmanuel shows no interest in; possibly the last sub-400 ppm measurement of CO2; and I’ll have to look around for some good news to balance all that. Let’s predict that to appear sometime between 11 and noon.